Category: Christmas

Let that holiday lethargy grab hold of you and RELAX!

Let that holiday lethargy grab hold of you and RELAX!
Regular readers might know I’m winding down a hella-challenging year.  I’m not out of the woods yet but I’m sooo close that I actually feel comfortable to start decompressing.  I spent most of this year (and a lot of the last one) in full out crisis mode.  Now that I’ve gotten to a point where... Read more »

Drunk hippies, raw eggs, police chases, Harry Potter, pole dancing, eviction court and a landlady’s knickers

Full title: Drunk hippies, raw eggs, police chases, Harry Potter, pole dancing, eviction court and a landlady’s knickers: my two years of blogging for Chicago Now   I’m celebrating my second anniversary as a Chicago Now blogger and I mean “celebrating” in the truest sense of the word.  Someone should have told me years ago... Read more »

The Making of a Landlord: A Christmas Carol, Pt. IVa (solutions)

The Making of a Landlord: A Christmas Carol, Pt. IVa (solutions)
The following is a re-print of a post published December 26, 2015 ****************************** Read “The Making of a Landlord: A Christmas Carol, Pt. IIIa”   The next morning, I reflected on the strange happenings of the night before and the tenant horror stories I shared with the Ghost of Christmas Past.  I was glad for... Read more »
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The Making of a Landlord: A Christmas Carol, Pt. IIIa

The Making of a Landlord: A Christmas Carol, Pt. IIIa
The following post is a re-print from December 25, 2015 Read “The Making of a Landlord: A Christmas Carol, Pt. IIa“ *********************************************** I settled in on the bar stool next to the Ghost of Christmas Past.  “It sure is nice of you to take this time to hear my side of things, Mr. Ghost,” I... Read more »

The Making of a Landlord: A Christmas Carol, Pt. IIa

The Making of a Landlord: A Christmas Carol, Pt. IIa
  The following post was originally published on December 24, 2015.  The references to the Presidential campaign are particularly painful now……gee whiz.: ************************************************ Read “The Making of a Landlord: A Christmas Carol, Part Ia”   Later that evening, I went back home to my custom built mega-McMansion in an undisclosed northern suburb. I had a... Read more »

The Making of a Landlord: A Christmas Carol, Part IV (solutions)

The Making of a Landlord: A Christmas Carol, Part IV (solutions)
Read “The Making of a Landlord: A Christmas Carol, Part III” The next morning, I reflected on the strange happenings of the night before and the tenant horror stories I shared with the Ghost of Christmas Past.  I was glad for another chance to re-examine my own role in those bad experiences.  Here are some... Read more »
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The Making of a Landlord: A Christmas Carol, Part III

The Making of a Landlord: A Christmas Carol, Part III
Read “The Making of a Landlord: A Christmas Carol, Part II”   I settled in on the bar stool next to the Ghost of Christmas Past.  “It sure is nice of you to take this time to hear my side of things, Mr. Ghost,” I said cheerfully.  “Especially with this being your busiest night of... Read more »

The Making of a Landlord: A Christmas Carol, Part II

The Making of a Landlord: A Christmas Carol, Part II
Read “The Making of a Landlord: A Christmas Carol, Part I” Later that evening, I went back home to my custom built mega-McMansion in an undisclosed northern suburb.  I had a moat built around the boundary just in case any disgruntled tenant ever tried to track me down.  We brought the alligators inside for winter.... Read more »

The Making of a Landlord: A Christmas Carol, Part I

The Making of a Landlord: A Christmas Carol, Part I
  Last night I had nightmare. The dream was based on a question that has plagued me since long before I ever signed my first mortgage contract in 2002.  Can a nice guy (or girl) be a successful landlord?” I mean, sure, I have no doubts about learning how to acquire lots of property and... Read more »
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